Neurontin® (gabapentin) is a prescription medicine licensed to treat epilepsy and postherpetic neuralgia. Although this medication appears to be safe for most people, there are certain dangers of Neurontin that you should be aware of before starting treatment.
This medication can cause emotional or behavioral problems, particularly in children. This may include hostility, hyperactivity, concentration problems, and other behavioral problems. Let your healthcare provider know if you notice any such changes in your child that are possibly due to Neurontin. This drug can also cause vision problems, especially blurred vision or double vision. Let your healthcare provider know if you notice any vision problems while taking it.
Some of the most common side effects of Neurontin that were reported in clinical studies include dizziness, drowsiness, coordination problems, and infections. In most cases, side effects of this medication are mild and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily. However, certain problems are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. These side effects include suicidal thoughts or behavior, depression, hostility, or any signs of an allergic reaction.
(Click Neurontin Side Effects and Neurontin Warnings and Precautions to learn more about the potential dangers of this drug, including a list of other side effects or complications that may occur.)